NOAA Fisheries Announces Limited Openings of Recreational and Commercial Red Snapper Seasons in South Atlantic Federal Waters
· The recreational sector will open for harvest on the following days:
o July 12, 13, and 14, 2019 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) - The recreational season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 12, 2019, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 15, 2019.
July 19 and 20, 2019 (Friday and Saturday) - The recreational season opens again at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 19, 2019, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 21, 2019.
WHY THESE LIMITED OPENINGS ARE OCCURRING:
The limited openings are based on the final rule for Amendment 43 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 43) (83 FR 35428).
The final rule specified recreational and commercial annual catch limits for red snapper beginning in 2018 and subsequent years.
DURING THE LIMITED OPEN SEASONS:
· The total annual catch limit will be 42,510 fish.
· The recreational annual catch limit will be 29,656 fish.
o The recreational bag limit will be one red snapper per person per day. This applies to private and charterboat/headboat vessels (the captain and crew on for-hire vessels may retain the recreational bag limit).
o The commercial annual catch limit will be 124,815 pounds whole weight (12,854 fish).
o The commercial trip limit will be 75 pounds gutted weight.
There will be no minimum or maximum size limits for the recreational or the commercial sectors.